7 days in Waco & Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

7 days in Waco & Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

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Waco
— 1 night
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Port Aransas
— 1 day
Drive
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South Padre Island
— 1 night
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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 1 day
Drive
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Houston
— 2 nights
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Waco

Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
On the 2nd (Sun), examine the collection at Waco Mammoth National Monument and then take a pleasant ride with Brazos Bluffs Ranch. On your second day here, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cameron Park Zoo, then get curious at Mayborn Museum Complex, and then look for gifts at Magnolia Market Silos.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Waco vacation planner.

Atlanta to Waco is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Atlanta to Waco due to the time zone difference. In June in Waco, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Port Aransas.

Things to do in Waco

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums · Parks

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Port Aransas

Port Aransas is a city in Nueces County, Texas. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours, then look for gifts at Gratitude, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Port Aransas Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Port Aransas trip tool.

Drive from Waco to Port Aransas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Waco in June, plan for slightly colder days in Port Aransas, with highs around 87°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Port Aransas

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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South Padre Island

A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., and finally identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the South Padre Island visit website.

Traveling by car from Port Aransas to South Padre Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in South Padre Island can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Galveston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Galveston, Galveston Island

The Oleander City

An old colonial city and a busy cruise ship port less than an hour's drive from Houston, Galveston sits on Galveston Island and serves as a popular vacation destination for both domestic and international travelers.
On the 6th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall, admire the natural beauty at Moody Gardens, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Galveston journey planner.

Traveling by flight from South Padre Island to Galveston takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in June, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Houston.

Things to do in Galveston

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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Houston

Bayou City

Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston, then make a trip to Water Wall, and then test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game Houston. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see where the action happens at Minute Maid Park and then examine the collection at The Houston Museum of Natural Science.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Houston trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Galveston to Houston in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Houston can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games · Parks

Texas Gulf Coast travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Aquariums · Science Museums
Stretching over 965 km (600 mi) from Louisiana to the Mexican border, the Texas Gulf Coast is the state's main region for outdoor activity and vacation getaways. Dotted with funky seaside villages, expansive national parks, and beautiful golden sand beaches, the Gulf Coast is only an hour's drive from Houston, the state's cultural and commercial hub. For some historical sightseeing, wander through centuries-old downtown Galveston, or head to South Padre Island for a tropical holiday.